Round Four Grantees

In 2017, a peer panel selected the following grantees for Dance/USA's Engaging Dance Audiences program.

Alabama Dance Council, Inc., Birmingham, AL
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To support the Community Forum Series, exploring cultural perspectives in Alabama, to take place in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Atmore, and involve five guest and 10 local artists. Guest artists will be Rosy Simas, Rosie Herrera, Wideman/Davis Dance, Dahlia Nayar, and Zoe Scofield.
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Allison Orr Dance Inc. (Forklift Danceworks), Austin, TX
$38,100 ($30,000 plus $8,100 core operating support)
To support the creation and performance of Forklift's work around Austin Parks’ city pools, engaging with Parks staff and residents in the Eastern Crescent community. Working with Neighborhood Advisory Committees, the company will integrate its creative process into the daily work of Parks employees and other community members.
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Ananya Dance Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
$25,425 ($20,000 plus $5,425 core operating support)
To support Buniyaad/Foundation, engagement strategies that include dialogues, workshops, dance trainings, performance installations, and audience improvisation. The company will expand its social justice work within communities of color across the Twin Cities region.
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Camille A. Brown & Dancers, LLC  (Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas), Jamaica, NY
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To support Every.Body.Moving, including the refinement of the Black Girl Spectrum audience engagement model and new programs to reach Black boys and men, leading up to the tour of the new work ink. The Young Men’s Initiative expands Black Girl Spectrum’s public forums, social dance classes, and youth mentorships.
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Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Chicago, IL
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To support the Stomping Grounds festival. Companies under consideration are Natya, Chicago Dance Crash, Black Hawk Performance Company, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Muntu Dance Theatre, Trinity Irish Dance Company, and the Mexican Folkoric Dance Company with Sones de Mexico.
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CONTRA-TIEMPO, Inc., Culver City, CA
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To support year-long engagement with the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles, including classes and choreographic labs, leading up to the production of a new work, joyUS. The labs will be organized around social justice themes that are important to the South LA community, which will inform the creation of joyUS.
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Dance Service New York City, Inc. (DBA Dance/NYC), New York, NY
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To support components of its Disability. Dance. Artistry. Initiative, including marketing for physically integrated dance groups, video statements from disabled artists, and a disabled dance maker directory. Dance groups include AXIS Dance Company, Jess Curtis/Gravity, Dancing Wheels, Full Radius Dance, Kinetic Light, and Heidi Latsky Dance.
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Dance Theatre Etcetera, Brooklyn, NY
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To support audience engagement in Red Hook, including dance instigators, facilitated social events, and workshops. Participants from Red Hook Community Justice Center, Red Hook Neighborhood Senior Center, and Miccio Community Center will learn to translate their experiences into the language of dance and perform at the Red Hook Festival.
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Dancing Grounds, New Orleans, LA
$50,780 ($40,000 plus $10,780 core operating support)
To refine the Dance for Social Change Festival by expanding training and creating tour-ready works with audience-generated content. Participants will attend professional performances and weekly workshops leading up to a Youth Arts Summit. Youth will create choreography around social themes, and tour their works to sites around New Orleans.
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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton, OH
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To support Young, Gifted, and Black, a tour to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including performances and residency activities. Residencies will be shaped through advance visits with faculty and tailored to the HBCUs.
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Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To support African Roots of Hip Hop, created and performed by professional artists with Destiny’s youth performance company. Participants will learn about activism and Black dance traditions and integrating African diasporic body percussion into their urban dance repertoire, and will choreograph a work incorporating the audience as a body music choir.
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Fiji Theater Company, Inc. (Ping Chong + Company). New York, NY
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To expand Ping Chong’s Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity to use dance as a vehicle for exploring Muslim American identity. With a new cast of Muslim American dancers led by Moriamo Akibu, Chong will create an original work combining dance and media with spoken text based on interviews with performers.
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Fresh Meat Productions, San Francisco, CA
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To refine Sean Dorsey Dance's Generations Positive, audience engagement activities with transgender and gender non-conforming dance audiences, including community forums and Dance Your Story workshops. Engagement will take place during the tour of The Missing Generation, about longtime survivors of the AIDS epidemic, in conjunction with partners who serve the trans community.
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Heritage Works, Detroit, MI
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To support Cultural Scripts, with artists Lela Aisha Jones, Nora Chipaumire, and NDeye Bana MBaye, and add a story circles component. This series will focus on the historic and contemporary role of the Black body within Detroit, Muslim, African, and African-American contexts.
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Holly Bass|360, Inc. (Fiscally Sponsored by Words, Beats, Life, Inc.), Washington, DC
$53,315 ($42,000 plus $11,315 core operating support)
To create the Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company (TATTCO), in collaboration with court-involved African American teen girls, exploring the metaphor of time travel as movement between enslavement and liberation. Activities include Liberation Lab workshops and performances both inside and outside detention facilities.
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Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, New York, NY
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To develop a pre/post engagement strategy for multigenerational LGBTQ audiences during the tour of the new work Dearest Home, including pre-performance workshops and post-show debriefs. Workshop participants will discuss and creatively express the theme of love that shapes the work.
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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Inc., New York, NY
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To refine and launch a dance workshop curriculum to reach GLBTQ seniors and youth. The Trocks will partner with SAGE and the Ali Forney Center to reach vulnerable segments of the population, including homeless youth.
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New Dance Theatre (Cleo Parker Robinson Dance), Denver, CO
$50,780 ($40,000 plus $10,780 core operating support)
To support Cleo Parker Robinson Dance's issue-specific ArtBursts for the African American community in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver. Working with a social forecast team, artists will use issues affecting neighborhoods as springboards for new work, reflecting community stories and performed in both public and private spaces.
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TU Dance, St. Paul, MN
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To support a youth ambassadors program, engaging dance novices with events and performances throughout the season. Youth ambassadors will orient adults in their lives who are unfamiliar with contemporary concert dance, escort them to community events in TU Dance studios and performances, and collect feedback on their experiences.
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UBW, Inc. (Urban Bush Women), Brooklyn, NY
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To support Urban Bush Women’s new work, Hair and Other Stories, which draws upon their use of storytelling, processionals, and nontraditional spaces to engage African American women and other audiences. In collaborative pre-performance residencies, UBW facilitators will tailor the piece to neighborhoods in which it will be performed.
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Viver Brasil Dance Company, Los Angeles, CA
$55,850 ($44,000 plus $11,850 core operating support)
To expand Samba in the Streets, audience workshops in Afro-Brazilian carnival dance forms, followed by processionals. Workshops in Los Angeles, CA and Birmingham and Selma, AL will engage African American audiences in community forums, to discuss the history of civil rights activism in the United States and Brazil.
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EDA grantees from prior rounds can be found here.